From a student’s perspective, it is important that coaches make an effort to attend matches outside of practice as it allows for the coach to see how the athlete plays during matches and under pressure—contrary to practice.
Then, coaches can give tips and help them be more confident during match play. Also, a coach’s presence at tournaments signifies they care about their student’s progression, and the student is grateful for seeing a familiar face, giving fist bumps or clapping from time to time.
They sacrifice their time outside of practice to support their student’s development as a tennis player by watching them play tournaments.
All coaches should adopt this philosophy as their students will be grateful for it and will allow coaches to help their students improve.
Jose Moreno, a student at GMT, said, “It’s important to see what the player plays like in tournaments, so they know what the player really needs to work on. No one plays the same in practice as in tournaments, so it’s extremely important.”
Known by few, Hans Gildemeister’s (head coach and CEO of GMT) birth name is Juan P.B. Gildemeister. Although his students casually refer to him as Hans and their coach, Gildemeister comes with an array of famed international achievements and awards.
Life as a college and professional tennis player.
Gildemeister not only played professional tennis, but he was also a member of the University of Southern California’s (USC) tennis team, in which they were NCAA Champions in 1976.
He played in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) from 1976-1987. While on the tour, he reached a high ranking of number five in the world for doubles, the number one doubles team in the world, and number 12 in the world for singles.
He played Davis Cup Tennis for Chile for 15 years, earning a total of 36 wins in singles and doubles. As a result, he achieved the most Davis Cup Doubles wins in the history of Chilean tennis.
In solely 11 years, Gildemeister earned 23 doubles titles and four singles titles.
Life as an international coach.
Gildemeister previously coached Marcelo Rios (CHI) who became the number one in the world for singles in 1998. In addition, he coached Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) who became number five in the world for singles in 2007.
From 2005-2011, he was the Davis Cup Coach in which Chile was in the final eight teams in the world for two years; for three years, Chile was in the final 16 teams in the world.
During the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, Gildemeister was the Olympic Coach for singles gold medalist Nicolas Massu and bronze medalist Fernando Gonzalez; Nicolas Massu and Fernando Gonzalez also won gold medals in doubles.
During the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Gildemeister was the Olympic Coach for Fernando Gonzalez who went on to earn a silver medal in singles.
In his current days, he resides in Tampa, Florida, where he is the tennis director and head coach at Gildemeister Tennis Academy (GMT).
Whether you are a recreational or competitive tennis player, if you are in the midst of playing poorly due to a lack of confidence/mental obstacles or looking for ways to strengthen your mental toughness, then the following book is for you—“The Inner Game of Tennis” by W. Timothy Gallwey.
I myself, play competitively, often succumbing to nervousness, tightness, and the negativity that comes with losses of points. Gallwey reveals how to master the Inner Game and grow as an athlete and person both on and off the court.
“The Inner Game of Tennis” is a quick and easy read, yet it can provide you with the ability to allow yourself to improve and have fun.
The following are quotes from the novel, hoping to provide you with an idea of what to expect from “The Inner Game of Tennis.”
“I was beginning to learn what all good pros and students of tennis must learn: that images are better than words, showing better than telling, too much instruction worse than none.”
“He is conscious, but not thinking, not over-trying. A player in this state knows where he wants the ball to go, but he doesn’t have to ‘try hard’ to send it there.”
“When we unlearn to be judgmental, it is possible to achieve spontaneous, focused play.”
“Ending judgment means you neither add nor subtract from the facts before your eyes. Things appear as they are—undistorted. In this way, the mind becomes more calm.”
“Trusting your body in tennis means letting your body hit the ball…Letting it happen is not making it happen.”
“Once you are competing it is too late to work on your strokes, but it is possible to hold in your mind the image of where you want the ball to go and then allow the body to do what it is necessary to hit it there.”
“The player has only two requirements for success: hit each ball over the net and into the court.”
“But when your attention is on the here and now, the actions which need to be done in the present have their best chance of being successfully accomplished, and as a result the future will become the best possible present.”
“The score of a tennis match may be an indication of how well I performed or how hard I tried, but it does not define me, nor give me cause to consider myself as something more or less than I was before the match.”
Although the novel states tennis in it’s title, it can be applied to anyone, in any profession, leaving you with a quiet, still mind which results in mastering the Inner Game.
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In September, 2018, Daria Kopsic, a tennis biomechanics specialist, traveled from Argentina to Tampa, Florida, to make her annual trip to Gildemeister Tennis Academy, where she analyzed the students and helped them improve their groundstrokes.
Kopsic began her career in tennis by playing professionally, followed by coaching for 30 years. As a Junior and Professional Women’s Teams Coach for the ITF (International Tennis Federation), she coached more than 160 players. From 1992 to 1994, Kopsic was the Director of Coaching for the Argentine Tennis Association. Kopsic then started and currently runs her player development program called “Biodynamic Tennis System.”
She spent a week at GMT, where she traveled to both academy locations, analyzing the students and assisting them in improving and developing as a player.
Semana de mucho trabajo en la Academia de Hans Gildemeister!! Excelentes momentos!! Gracias a Todos !!
Gaedechens (in Spanish) commented on how Kopsic improved his groundstrokes in the following audio recording.
Hans Gildemeister said, “Daria is a person that has been studying the biomechanics for the last 30 years, and, obviously, she will help us to improve the technique for forehand, backhand, and serve. She [Daria] has improved Jose Moreno, Matias [Gaedechens], and all the kids she has tested in the last three years’s strokes. She comes once a year, and she tests like six to eight players. I have known Daria for forty years.”
Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity in the future.
En septiembre de 2018, Daria Kopsic, especialista en biomecánica del tenis, viajó desde Argentina a Tampa, Florida, para realizar su viaje anual a la Academia de Tenis Gildemeister, donde analizó a los estudiantes y los ayudó a mejorar sus golpes de fondo.
Kopsic comenzó su carrera en el tenis jugando profesionalmente, seguido de entrenamiento durante 30 años. Como entrenadora de equipos femeninos junior y profesional para la ITF (Federación Internacional de Tenis), entrenó a más de 160 jugadores. De 1992 a 1994, Kopsic fue el Director de Entrenamiento de la Asociación Argentina de Tenis. Kopsic luego comenzó y actualmente ejecuta su programa de desarrollo para jugadores llamado “Sistema de tenis biodinámico”.
Pasó una semana en GMT, donde viajó a las dos ubicaciones de la academia, analizando a los estudiantes y ayudándolos a mejorar y desarrollarse como jugadora.
De los estudiantes que ella ayudó, se les envió una documentación formal de todo lo que revisaron y más.
Gaedechens (en español) comentó cómo Kopsic mejoró sus golpes de fondo en la siguiente grabación de audio.
Hans Gildemeister dijo: “Daria es una persona que ha estado estudiando la biomecánica durante los últimos 30 años y, obviamente, nos ayudará a mejorar la técnica de derecha, revés y servicio. Ella [Daria] ha mejorado a José Moreno. Matias [Gaedechens], y todos los niños que ha probado en los últimos tres años. Ella viene una vez al año, y prueba entre seis y ocho jugadoras. Conozco a Daria desde hace cuarenta años “.
No te pierdas esta increíble oportunidad en el futuro.
Our academy understands that most junior player’s dream is to become a professional player. At our academy, we train and prepare them like professionals. We push them to the limit and give them the best coaching and tools to achieve their goals. But, we also understand, that most players will have a better chance of succeeding at the collegiate level, and, therefore, we make sure they receive the best advice and preparation to be admitted into the right university.
GMT partners with University Sports Program (USP), one of the world’s most recognized college placement agencies. USP College Placement program assists our students through the entire collegiate enrollment process, from choosing a school, to applying, to getting accepted. USP, with a 100% guaranteed placement, has generated millions of dollars in athletic scholarships for students & athletes around the world in prestigious universities across the USA.
All academy students enrolled in our college placement program will be assisted by USP in the following areas:
Development of player presentation to coaches (profile & video)
Assessment on College Tennis rules and eligibility
Assessment on communicating with college coaches and preparing for interviews and visits
Screening to select the best colleges based on student’s personal, academic and athletic qualifications
Individual contact with each coach and negotiation of the best possible scholarship offers
Assistance in the planning of college visits
Assistance in the admissions and all testing requirements (SAT,ACT and TOEFL)
Assistance with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse application